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Makes you wonder why you don't hear of similar efforts at UT and A&M. I have been to the energy lab at A&M several times. Even when I was in school there in 82 their efforts were modest and hidden under a bush. It seems they were always disappointed when renewables did not produce the volume of power fossil fuels did. Often test results were thrown away. There used to be a wind turbine on the runway at the Engineering Extension Service in Bryan. They took it down. Stupid.
New ASU lab aims to spur solar industry
12 commentsby Ginger D. Richardson - Jul. 11, 2008 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
Arizona State University is creating a Solar Power Laboratory in
hopes of boosting the state's renewable-energy industry.
The venture's goal is two-fold: to increase Arizona's chances of
landing new solar-based businesses and to spur technology research
that could ultimately make solar power cheaper and more readily
available to the masses.
In establishing the lab, ASU joins the growing tide of individuals
and firms banking on sun-based power in a big way.
Researchers believe solar is on the verge of a great breakthrough
that will make it the go-to energy source for the next generation.
"Everyone wants a piece of it, and everyone is investing in it," said
Rob Melnick, executive director and chief operating officer of ASU's
Global Institute of Sustainability. "This will give ASU the
opportunity to pull together all the things that will substantially
speed development of new technologies. "
The new lab is a collaboration of the university's sustainability
institute and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and will pull
together researchers across ASU's many campuses.
It will be housed on both the Tempe and Mesa campuses and cost
between $2 million and $3 million to get up and running.
The sun shines in Arizona more than 300 days a year, making the state
uniquely positioned to capitalize on solar energy.
But the state hasn't done so, at least when it comes to attracting
companies already producing essential solar-energy components.
Last month, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council announced that in
the last year, at least nine companies that make solar equipment had
passed over Arizona and chosen instead to locate new manufacturing
facilities in neighboring states.
The economic council's President and CEO Barry Broome estimates those
projects have cost the state more than 3,800 jobs, $2.3 billion in
investment, and $73 million in state and local revenues over the next
He and others were pushing a proposal that would help lure solar
manufacturers to the state via tax incentives, but it failed to gain
the required support in the Legislature.
The economic council is still talking to 11 other solar companies
that are considering the state for new solar manufacturing plants,
and Broome is hoping the new ASU lab and newly hired personnel will
help provide a carrot to lure them here.
As part of its new effort, the university has brought in several
prominent industry figures fromthe University of Delaware who have
extensive experience in solar-cell technology.
Broome says their presence at ASU "absolutely changes our dialogue"
with the companies the economic council is trying to lure to the
"They have either done work (with) or knew the leaders of two thirds
of them," he said. "They are going to give us an audience with these
companies in a much more meaningful way."
The university is also bringing in George Maracas as the initiative's
chief operating officer.
Maracas has years of experience in the private sector in the fields
of molecular technology and nanotechnology and has a wide range of
commercial and industry contacts, according to ASU.
New research, less cost
Solar-research efforts are on the rise.
Emerging Energy Research, a Massachusetts- based consulting firm,
estimated in a December report that about $20 billion will be spent
on solar-power research in the next five years.
Much of it will focus on ways to make solar power more efficient and
therefore more affordable.
Even with tax credits, small rooftop solar systems currently cost in
excess of $10,000; in most cases, it takes upwards of seven to 10
years to recoup those up-front expenses.
"Any research that is focused on bringing the cost of solar down,
anywhere in the supply chain, is all going to help," said Monique
Hanis, spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Energy
Industries association. "Right now, the industry feels that solar
should be on par with traditional fossil fuels in about a decade."
ASU researchers are focusing on both existing and unproven
technologies through a variety of government grants and industry
partnerships, Melnick said.
For example, photovoltaic panels are the current backbone of most
solar-based systems. They are also a 25-year-old technology.
Researchers are currently looking for ways to make them more
efficient, so that less of the sun's power is lost when raw energy is
transferred into electricity.
The university also is partnering with companies like British
Petroleum on projects to try to "mimic nature" using plants and
bacteria in combination with the sun's energy.
Maracas said the university has about $2 million in commitments for
2008 and expects additional grants to come in the next couple of
Meanwhile, the state's other universities are working on their own
The University of Arizona in Tucson established AzRISE last year; its
researchers are looking at how to better generate and store solar
energy, among other things.
Northern Arizona University has made strides in the field too. A
chemistry professor there is studying cobalt as a cheaper way to
capture light for solar power.
ASU, however, says its strength will come from the fact that it will
have so many people working together on a variety of disciplines
within the industry.
"We may not be better than one university doing one thing," Melnick
said. "But ASU has it all."
He added, "When you have this much action, this much going on with a
commercialized technology, someone is going to have a breakthrough.
"It will absolutely happen."
Getting better all the time!
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